The decisions we make about children's early care and learning matter to the well-being and prosperity of our state and its communities. Highly engaged citizen-leaders play a key role in shaping early childhood policy conversations that affect education, workforce development, economic growth and quality of life throughout Nebraska.
The Nebraska Early Childhood Policy Leadership Academy is a non-partisan project focused on helping citizen-leaders better understand and inform early childhood policy in Nebraska. As a participant in this program, you will:
The 2019/2020 Policy Leadership Academy is a six-month commitment from October 2019 to April 2020. Participants are required to attend monthly, in-person meetings in locations throughout the state. There is no monthly meeting in December.
Participants in the 2019/2020 Academy will be primarily recruited from communities currently participating in Nebraska Children’s Communities for Kids initiative. This includes Columbus, Gothenburg, Grand Island, Lexington, Lincoln, McCook/Red Willow County, Nebraska City/Otoe County, Norfolk, North Platte, Omaha, Pender, Red Cloud, Schuyler, Stuart/Holt County, Valentine/Cherry County and York, as well as the greater Nebraska Panhandle area.
Applicants from other communities may be considered based on available space and the discretion of the Academy. We welcome applicants representing diverse locations, communities and interests throughout the state. All participants are expected to demonstrate an active interest in different aspects of community development, early childhood policy and government affairs.
October 8 & 9: Welcome Dinner & Orientation
Network with other participants and learn more about the Early Childhood Policy Leadership Academy
November 6: Making the Case
Learn how to engage influencers and build effective communication skills
January 14: Policymaking at the Statewide Level
Overview of the legislative process and how administrative policies are made
February 12: A Day at the Unicameral
Experience the legislative process in person and meet your district senator
March 11: Understanding and Influencing Policy in Your Community
Overview of the decision-making process in your community or county
April 8: Connecting Child Care and Public Schools
Learn how to engage school districts, boards and administrators